Universal Design principles, applied to course design and delivery, assist learners with a diverse set of characteristics. Creating an inclusive learning environment is one aspect of social justice that should be important to us as Jesuit educators. Join us Thursday, February 23 for a dynamic presentation on the elements and application of Universal Design presented by Dr. Karen Myers of St. Louis University. Dr. Myers will also be providing a workshop in the afternoon; please sign up separately for the afternoon session.
Every curricular/co-curricular program plays a unique role in preparing our students to lead extraordinary lives; it’s important to tell the stories of how we impact our students and how our students in turn impact the world. We build our stories using details gathered through assessment of student learning and experiences. We tell our students how they can expect to grow as learners by engaging in our programs. We then collect evidence of how well we deliver on these expectations, reflect on how we will act on these findings, and work to continuously improve our programs. To build capacity around good practice in assessment, Loyola and DePaul have partnered to offer free workshops focused on the assessment cycle (e.g. writing learning outcomes and designing assessments). The workshops are open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students and may be taken independently or to complete the Assessment Certificate Program (ACP).